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Being an MEP involves more than just debating and voting on legislative proposals. They can be tasked with drawing up a report to represent the Parliament's position on a legislative proposal or any other matter. They can also act as group coordinators in a committee, follow the progress of a legislative report or be in charge of preparing an opinion on a proposal. Read on to find out more about the different responsibilities MEPs are able to take on in the European Parliament. (Read more: From rapporteur to coordinator: the different roles taken on by MEPs )

 

Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU's borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation. (Read more: Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to Sicily )

 

Articles on our photography contest, Ukraine, social media, gender equality and the European integration of the Western Balkans have proved to be most popular on our website in the first half of 2015. Read our article to find out more and click on the links to discover them yourself. (Read more: Summer reading: discover this year's most popular articles so far )

 

LUX Prize 2015 finalists

Others Culture27-08-2015 - 14:40

The finalists competing for the 2015 LUX Film Prize have been announced: Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (in English: The Lesson). The three films deal with current social issues such as immigration, position of women and girls, education and economic problems in society. (Read more: LUX Prize 2015 finalists )

 
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Reporting on the European Parliament has never been easier, thanks to our blog listing the latest digital resources that are free to use. Updated around the clock, this page informs you what images, infographics, videos and photos are available for you to download as soon as they become available. Not only are these materials free to use, they are also often available in all of the EU’s 24 official languages, from Bulgarian to Swedish. (Read more: EP media network: Digital resources for reporting on the EP )

 

From Pinterest to LinkedIn, the European Parliament is present on most major social media platforms in order to better communicate with you. On these platforms we offer not only background information and the latest news, but also videos, photos, infographics and the opportunity to discuss topical issues. Try out our interactive infographic to get a taster of what we serve up on each platform. (Read more: Get connected: discover the European Parliament on social media )

 

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market on 6 May. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed in June to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. Read on for an explanation of the terminology involved. (Read more: From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age )

 

Looking for your first professional experience in European affairs? Want to discover the daily work of an international institution? The European Parliament offers several kinds of traineeships to provide opportunities for learning more about its activities. A new application period starts on 15 August. Read on for more information on how to apply. (Read more: Traineeships at the Parliament: new application period starting )

 

The European Youth Event (EYE) will return next year and you could be a part of it! #EYE2016 organisers are looking for enthusiastic young people and organisations that want to help shape the event's programme. Check out the Facebook page for the latest news, including all the information about the previous edition in 2014 and its follow-up phase. (Read more: EYE 2016: Parliament's successful youth event returns with a second edition )

 

In Brussels this summer and curious about the EU? Why not pay a visit to the European Parliament's visitors centre in Brussels and get a unique insight into the work of MEPs and how it touches your daily life? Rated one of the top things to do in Brussels by travel website Tripadvisor, the award-winning centre has already welcomed more than one million visitors since opening its doors in October 2011. (Read more: Visit Parlamentarium to find out more about Parliament and the EU )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Monday 31 Aug 2015
Committee on Foreign Affairs - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2015): 17:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 02 Sep 2015
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (02-09-2015): 09:30
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 03 Sep 2015
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 10:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (03-09-2015): 11:00
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
"The impact of liberalization on Europe's dairy sector" - Press conferences (03-09-2015): 11:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 14:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (03-09-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 04 Sep 2015
Pres-session briefing - Press conferences (04-09-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
Schedule by day Saturday 05 Sep 2015
The President's agenda - The President's diary (05-09-2015): 09:30
 
 
Twitter
 
The week ahead 31 Aug- 6 Sept incl: #Greece,#migration,#eubudget & more. Full agenda: http://t.co/weSlucBZxT
The #EP Committees will resume their business on 31/8. For updates use their #Twitterlist: https://t.co/Hn3it1SC9f http://t.co/wbqKYqT1fl
The next #EPlenary will take place on 7-10 September.View the 2015 calendar: http://t.co/aNT1WcBSlJ & the 2016: http://t.co/5BmOOrYaBU
The release of six political prisoners in Belarus, statement of @BZdrojewski Delegation Chairman http://t.co/AVjbyp0BEu
#EU- #China relations now up for a debate: http://t.co/y4jAjL4LbF. Draft text by rapporteur @BasBelderMEP here: http://t.co/X5XNKZx9tI
.@EP_ForeignAff now debates partnership & cooperation agreement with #VietNam. Rapporteur @blochbihler, Draft report http://t.co/yxbBDBo5aw.
DROi Chair #ElenaValenciano calls for immediate release of #LeylaYunus & #ArifYunus http://t.co/dLFavyQ2B9
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano calls for firm, definitive action to protect lives of #migrants. More here: http://t.co/doU8yhumBA
.@EP_Defence chair Anna #Fotyga concludes the meeting:“We have to think about effective tools and ways to really deter #Russia in the East”
.@ChathamHouse J.#Sherr: frozen conflicts =tools of #Russia policy, often used as preludes to bigger conflicts. #Minsk meant to create one.
J. #Shea: @NATO must share cyber resilience w/ #Ukraine #Georgia #Moldova,who need to boost defce capacities & regional defence cooperation.
#WHD2015: Statements by @EP_Development Chair @LindaMcAvanMEP & lead MEP on humanitarian aid Enrique Guerrero Salom: http://t.co/3hgS4pmQWx
Right to food and land: @EP_Development MEPs invite students to submit papers for @EUExpo2015 https://t.co/eLsFY169T3 http://t.co/su0pqt6gwU
PR: Action Agenda adopted @ #FFD3 conf in #addisababa - @EP_Development & EP delegation Chair @LindaMcAvanMEP reacts: http://t.co/wlaGIELBUE
CORRECTION: Trade with #Turkey: now debate on modernizing EU-#Turkey trade relations w/ director responsible #Bercero from @Trade_EU
Trade with #Turkey: now debate on modernizing EU-#Turkey trade relations w/ chief negotiator #Berceras from @Trade_EU http://t.co/MqGIl8vSrI
EU trade priorities for the next 6 months by #EU2015LU live http://t.co/MqGIl8vSrI
.@EP_Budgets & @EP_Justice at #asylum seeker centre C.A.R.A. Mineo #Sicily. More: http://t.co/XRcoAWPQe3 #EUbudget #migration
.@JeanArthuis and @IIotova on #migration to #Italy: presser of @EP_Budget @EP_Justice delegation. Extracts here: http://t.co/fZa6IwtI8T
Follow debate now with Claus Sorensen of @eu_echo about EU funds for #Tindouf #Sahrawi camp @EP_BudgControl . Live: http://t.co/WHupkxPJQq
RT @petrisarvamaa: Sarvamaa report for #CAP controls that make better sense for farmers and all taxpayers adopted 23-1 by @EP_BudgControl
.@EP_Economics meets on 3 September (Thursday), meeting agenda: http://t.co/AYwsLehZj8
.@EP_Economics MEPs debate #EuroSummit deal with #Greece: http://t.co/cksMAxIXgj
.@gannemans This is no deal - I'm for #Grexit because measures humiliating & degrading for #Greece; taking it into EZ was historic error.
#Competition Commissioner @vestager has exchange of views with @EP_Economics committee. Now: http://t.co/Xtb5r8NSrV
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 15 July 9.00-12.30 &15.00-18.30 in JAN 6Q2. Follow EP Live http://t.co/krh4LdXS57
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday15 July 9.00-12.30 &15.00-18.30 in JAN 6Q2. Agenda http://t.co/GTOkHrKY8Q
RT @EP_ThinkTank: 50% EU #waste paper generated by trade/industry: rest = 40% household & 10% offices http://t.co/p14IHfIt1I @EP_Environmen…
RT @giovannilavia: The #SummerPackage is an important step to tackle climate change @EP_Environment
.@EP_Industry resumes in 5': debates #EnergyUnion w/ @MAC_europa and @eu2015lu Sec. State Marc Hansen. Live: http://t.co/keGPXBZDd5
.@EP_SingleMarket back after summer break on 3rd Sept to debate #SingleMarket govnce & fuel consumption of cars. Docs http://t.co/mPEzoj9SpV
RT @vickyford: Final meeting of U.S. trip talking consumer choice & value & security in payments with @Dan_Schulman of @PayPal http://t.co/…
RT @C_Stihler_MEP: Thanks @todcohen & the team @eBay for good chat on DSM @EP_SingleMarket consumer rights and redress #digitaloptimism htt…
Now in @EP_Transport: presentation of draft report on safe use of drones in civil aviation, webstreaming: http://t.co/741GefW5uc
Starting now @EP_Transport: presentation of Luxembourg presidency priorities in the field of transport, webstreaming http://t.co/741GefW5uc
Draft report on the implementation of 2011 Transport White Paper adopted in TRAN committee: 38 in favour, 3 against, 5 abstentions
RT @IngaCzerny: Ostrożnie z JOW-ami. O sytaucji w W. Brytanii i USA piszemy z @JakubKrupaFE dla @PAPinformacje . Przedukowane tutaj: http:/…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Get a clearer picture of the issues outstanding and possible compromises in EU-US #TTIP negotiations http://t.co/nTQzXN2s…
#REGI MEPs want the EU #urban_policy measures to focus on a limited set of major challenges http://t.co/KASy2p0Mlz
#EU must strengthen & speed up actions to stabilise #milk #livestock #fruit & #vegetable markets, says @CzSiekierski: http://t.co/IzE0uUhOhU
Missed the @EP_Agriculture mtg this week? Watch it all again via VOD here: http://t.co/k2zM6oGNpP MEPs will meet again on 3/9.
.@EP_Agriculture to #eu2015lu: Stabilisation of #agriculture markets must be a top priority. More in the PR: http://t.co/MaLhBZnvu1
Next wk #PECH MEPs vote position on #EUBudget 2016 http://t.co/gkReDkr2Eg &debate #Fisheries Partnership Agreemts in #EPlenary on #8SEP
.@EP_Fisheries members approve new EU- #GuineaBissau #fisheries deal http://t.co/BY9h3WQ89B
RT @EUErasmusPlus: Make the best of the great outdoors to #BeActive! Check what's happening for the European Week of Sport! Take part! http…
RT @HorizonMagEU: Science is figuring out how to tackle ‘maths #dyslexia’. http://t.co/wb49dQ3qlD
Follow live now @EPCulture: debate with Commissioner @GOettinger on #digitalmarket and #copyright http://t.co/Ks508FAqUv
.@EP_Legal MEPs discussing now proposal to increase the number of judges at the General Court of #EU. Follow live: http://t.co/7yGextpA7A
Starting now – Discussion with @felix_braz and @EtienneSchneide on #eu2015lu priorities Live: http://t.co/7yGextpA7A
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: So many Migrants dying, at some point a unified response? 50 dead in lorry in Austria http://t.co/uWy45g660I
RT @Avramopoulos: http://t.co/VSapxqMj8A Sinister criminal acts by smugglers. It's the moment for joint actions & solidarity. Further propo…
RT @eu2015lu: .@nicolasschmit2 au PE - @EPInstitutional: #betterregulation, #ECI, droit d'enquête - le résumé du hearing: http://t.co/AgOd9…
Missed @EPinstitutional meeting today ? VOD soon available here http://t.co/WV2Ago1hwY Next meeting 3/09
.@EPInstitutional state of play on Ep right of enquiry file #ramon jauregui atonfo rapporteur live here http://t.co/njr0wYGCrC
.@EP_GenderEqual follow live: http://t.co/5PbfLg9EmM
.@EP_GenderEqual #EU2015LU prioritiy. Follow live.
Report Women’s #careers in science&university & #glassceilings encountered @vozemberg adopted 30 vote in favour, 1 against @_GenderEqual.
Missed the @EP_Petitions meeting this week? Video recording is now available here: http://t.co/vbm39CI0JW Next meeting: 17 Sept.
.@EP_Petitions MEPs discuss petitions on alleged discrimination against EU citizens in Malta. Watch it live: http://t.co/7Pgp8crnI1
Press release: MEPs to quiz Commission on mortgage legislation and risky financial products. Read here: http://t.co/uDN7UAiBeC
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